1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.
2. Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.
3. Practise every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine.
4. Practise the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
5. Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak
6. Learn root words. They’ll help you guess the meaning of words. For example: scrib = write, min = small
7. When you learn a new word, think of all its other forms: Beautiful (adjective), beauty (noun), beautifully (adverb).
8. Learn prefixes (dis-, un-, re-) and suffixes (-ly, -ment, -ful), these will help you to figure out the meaning of words and build your vocabulary.
9. Give yourself a long term goal. Focus on working towards it.
10. Give yourself short term goals too and reward yourself when you achieve each one.
11. Children’s books have easier words and are a good alternative to graded readers.
12. Newspapers are a good place to find passive constructs. Read through an article and see if you can find the passive sentences.
13. Read for the general meaning first. Don’t worry about understanding every word, then go back and look up new words.
14. The most natural way to learn grammar is through talking.
15. Keep an English diary or journal. Start by writing a few sentences a day and then get into the habit of writing more.
16. Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end.
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